Soaring over Tibidabo

New Luminar Presets!

I made some new presets for Luminar! Grab them here now.

And here’s a little how-to video that mentions them! 🙂 Enjoy.

Mavic vs. Phantom

I was up here with my friend Hans Mast and he had his Mavic. I had the Phantom 4 Pro and we decided to fly them together. It was Super windy and Gusty and I was 100% sure that my bigger, heavier, stronger Phantom would stand up better to the wind. Well, I could not have been more wrong! Hans’ little Mavic did just as well as mine and the video was perfectly smooth… man those guys at DJI know their stuff!

Daily Photo – Soaring over Tibidabo

We didn't make it here until our final night in Barcelona. Even though it was the middle of summer, it was a chilly and very windy night up here. There's one very strange thing about this place: there's an amusement park all around this old church. And it's a strange amusement park too. It's kind of cheapo and reminds me of a run-down Chinese amusement park from the 60's. The kids seemed to enjoy it though… that's all that matters.

Soaring over Tibidabo

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 20:02:34
  • CameraFC6310
  • Camera MakeDJI
  • Exposure Time1/240
  • Aperture5
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length8.8 mm
  • FlashNo flash function
  • Exposure ProgramProgram AE
  • Exposure Bias

4 Tips for Taking Surprising Mobile Photos

It doesn’t matter if you use an iPhone or an Android there are a few things you can do to get your mobile photography to the next level. All of the photos included with the tips were taken with my Google Pixel phone. I normally shoot with a big Hasselblad camera, but sometimes all I have with me is my phone. I’ve come up with some great tricks to make them look as surprising and incredible as possible.

1) Don’t hit that big circle on the screen to take the photo. Use the Vol Up button on the side! One, when you jab the screen with your finger, you’re causing camera-shake and it will make your photo more blurry. Two, using the volume up button allows you to hold the camera much more steady with one or two hands.

Image 1

This was taken an underground Turkish bath in Budapest, Hungary. This is Olya, my crazy Russian videographer, who traveled through Europe with us to make some inspirational and tutorial videos.

2) Experiment with the mobile app Snapseed! It’s free and available for Android and iOS. This is, by far, the best app for editing your photos on your phone. There are many tools in there and many different filters. One great thing about Snapseed is you can layer many different filters together to really give your photo a unique look. People will wonder how you did it!

Image 2

Here’s a fun family photo from a few months ago when we rode camels near the pyramids in Egypt. I used Snapseed filters to give it this “look.”

3) Take some cheeky street photos. If you’re like me, as you walk around the streets, you often see interesting people, crazy outfits, or just kooky things you find interesting. It can sometimes be embarrassing to blatantly aim your phone at these things, so get used to using the Volume Up button to take the photos. On the Pixel phone, for example, I can turn on the camera by double-clicking the power button. Then I move my finger to volume-up to take the photo. Your horizon will probably be off, but you can fix that later.

Image 3

Here’s a cheeky street photo I took in Budapest, Hungary. This is my assistant Tane. He’s not posing; this is literally how he looks all the time.

4) Try combining your phone with an iPad or tablet to edit your photos to the next level. Professional photographers know that a photo reads differently on a larger screen. Next time you’re at a coffee shop, why not zap your photo over to your tablet (via Google Photos or Airdrop), then use Snapseed to edit it there. A good photo always looks better bigger on a tablet, so don’t feel like you’re forced to use that tiny little screen.

Image 4

This a photo I took in Aruba. I was jogging on the beach, and of course I had my mobile phone with me. I was able to cover a lot of ground quickly, and there’s no way I would go on a jog and carry a Hasselblad! But it’s nice to always have the phone with me and take a ton of photos, picking out the best after I sit down to relax.

Image 5

Here’s a panorama of three different photos I took while on a walk here near my home in New Zealand. Since I have an Android, I use Google photos. One great thing about Google Photos is there’s a little AI assistant that will “gift” you a panorama if it senses you took a lot of photos close together.

Image 6

Near my home on the south island of New Zealand, there is this amazing place to watch the sunset called Lake Hayes. I forgot my big Hasselblad camera, so all I had was my phone. There’s a saying that the Best Camera is the one you have with you!

Down the coast of Barcelona

Reminder on the Burning Man Photo Walk

I always do the Burning Man photo walk at sunset on Tuesday there in Black Rock City. As with all photo walks, it’s a free event! Well, everything is free at Burning Man… so it kind of goes without saying. See more about it at the BM Photo Walk Announcement Post. Bring a friend or three! 🙂

Daily Photo – Down the coast of Barcelona

What an awesome city! The first time I was here with my wife, I was sick as a dog. I still went out and took photos because I'm a real trooper, but it was very difficult to get into the flow-state. This time, since our #80stays Tour took us there, I was able to take more time. This is the view from the top floor of the Ritz-Carlton. This is where we had my little after-party art talk at the end of the photo walk. Pretty much everyone went out on the balcony to take a photo or three! 🙂

Down the coast of Barcelona

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-29 19:53:25
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture3.2
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length90.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

The Papal Area of La Sagrada Familia

More Hasselblad Stuff

Here’s yet another one (did you miss the new Hasselblad X1D Review?) from the new camera. Like the shot yesterday, this is a vertirama made from two different vertically stacked photos. Because the widest lens I have is 30mm, whenever I want a wider shot, I have to make a little panorama then crop it later.

The Papal Area of La Sagrada Familia

Somehow we got access up to where the Pope sits when he comes to services at this amazing cathedral in Barcelona. You know the Pope always gets good seats, and they don't get much better than this.

At this level, there's actually a passageway that goes around the entire church. Sometimes you have to go up some stairs and twist around some narrow corridors, but the views are amazing. I was up there with the crew and we had a handler. I didn't realize she didn't want us to go through all these passageways, but we all took off in different directions. The lady started running after me first and shut me down 30% of the way around. But my dastardly friend Rene went the other way and made it all the way around, taking pictures all the way… lucky guy!

The Papal Area of La Sagrada Familia

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-04-30 09:12:30
  • CameraX1D
  • Camera MakeHasselblad
  • Exposure Time2
  • Aperture11
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length30.0 mm
  • Flash
  • Exposure ProgramManual
  • Exposure Bias

European Photo Walk Announcement Yay!

I’m doing TEN (count ’em 10) free photo walks across Europe… also a few special day-long workshops. Wanna see the list of places? Come check out the new site at 80stays.treyratcliff.com!

See your city? Tell your friends! 🙂

These photo walks are family friendly events and all are welcome. Bring a friend or two! 🙂 Anything from a mobile phone to a DSLR will do swimmingly. I share lots of tips and tricks, do Q&A, and more… even better, we get to roam part of the city taking photos together. Come on out – I can’t wait to meet you! 🙂

Walking about the Sorbonne in the evening

B&W Foto

More from Ibiza

Today’s daily photo is taken just outside of the old medieval area of Ibiza Town, but this one directly below is from just inside the main entrance to the old part of the city.

Exploring Ibiza at Night The old medieval town of Ibiza is an awesome place for exploration at night.  Every nook, cranny, alley, and cobblestone street was built for photography.  And it was doubly-awesome after a little rain gave everything a reflective sheen.After we finished dinner, we started the long walk back to the hotel.  It took 10x as long as normal with all the stops along the way.  But comon... how can you walk past something like this and not take a photo?   Impossible!- Trey RatcliffClick here to read the rest of this post at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Daily Photo – B&W Foto

Here is one of the many interesting streets nearby the old medieval part of Ibiza Town. At first I was a little bummed out it was raining, but then I got excited because I knew it would add a certain texture to the photos. The only painful part is trying to carry around an umbrella and a camera system at the same time… a major drag!

B&W Foto

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2010-09-23 00:00:00
  • CameraNIKON D3X
  • Camera MakeNikon
  • Exposure Time1/4
  • Aperture8
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length21.0 mm
  • FlashNo Flash
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

Photo Mystery – Ye Olde Blacksmithy

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Daily Photo – Ye Olde Blacksmithy

Okay THIS is a tough one, I hope. Who can figure out where this insane place is located?

I saw it from the street… a lot of glinting metal… and I had a feeling it would be pretty awesome inside… I was right!

Ye Olde Blacksmithy

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-29 07:37:13
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/16
  • ISO250
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

The Rocky Spanish Coast

On the Facebook Wall

I was just at Facebook in New York City and I signed the Facebook Wall at Facebook! Can you find my name on there? There’s many other names on there too hidden around… like Madonna and Jimmy Fallon.

Ghosted Waters

I used a program called Photomatix (Photomatix Review) to process this photo. If you’re on a Mac, you can use Aurora HDR Pro – this is the program I worked with Macphun for over a year to build. Oftentimes, when combining multiple photos of waves, the water becomes “ghosted” as it averages out all the waves. I usually don’t really mind that, and I feel it gives the ocean a sense of painterly motion…. what do you think?

Daily Photo – The Rocky Spanish Coast

Here is another part of the beach in Ibiza. I guess I could have been off taking photos of topless Euros, but I found the rocks so much more interesting. This is the problem with photographers… whenever we see someone taking a photo of a girl, we are more likely to look at the camera than the girl! 🙂

The Rocky Spanish Coast

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-29 08:37:38
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/8
  • ISO100
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

The Skeletal Hallway

Live Show Later Today

I’m gearing up for the live show later today! 🙂 It will be a little wild because I JUST moved into the new place here in New Zealand and I don’t even have my computer set up in the right room yet… so… it might be kinda wheels-off for a bit. We’ll see!

Just watch the blog here and the Live Embedded player will appear if you refresh around 7 PM PT.

Daily Photo – The Skeletal Hallway

While walking through one of the amazing Gaudi homes in Barcelona, we came upon this unique hallway. I didn’t have a tripod for my full-on treatment, so I did my best to see what I could get with a single RAW. Frankly, whenever I am forced into this situation, I’m still pretty happy with what comes from that single shot.

There’s a slight chance I’m going back to Barcelona later this year… if so, I’m going to schedule more time with Gaudi! 🙂

The Skeletal Hallway

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-29 08:37:39
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/2.8
  • ISO1000
  • Focal Length14mm (14mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

Spanish Streets at Night

A Fun Birthday!

I woke up this morning to find my kids had hung this over the fireplace. 🙂

We’re still renting a place here at the Commonage (best view in Queenstown!) until we move into the final house in a few weeks. Until then, we are making the most out of this fireplace because it is pretty cold in this city now in the middle of winter!

 

Daily Photo – Spanish Streets at Night

The old part of Ibiza is has a medieval layout where the inner city is ringed by a city curtain wall. Once inside, all the streets are narrow and twisty and lined with different kinds of stone. This looks back at the main entrance to the area.

I haven’t spent as much time in some of these ancient old cities as I would like. There is a lot of satisfaction in setting up for shots in these areas. It’s nice to take my time and compose this and that… I find great enjoyment in this!

Spanish Streets at Night

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2017-03-29 08:37:39
  • Camera
  • Camera Make
  • Exposure Time
  • Aperturef/9.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length15mm (15mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
  • Exposure Bias

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